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Change is a constant in the energy industry. Events in recent years underscore how quickly and acutely these changes affect businesses and consumers in the United States and around the world. Duane Morris, as both advisor and advocate, guides clients through the complex legal, financial and political issues that pervade the energy industry.


 

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Energy

Bringing energy to market requires more than advanced technology and raw resources. Regardless of the source - fossil fuels, nuclear power or renewable sources - all energy producers must also deal with government oversight, fluctuating market conditions and surging demand. Those who regulate energy markets must appreciate and channel the external pressures facing the industry and, in forming energy policy, they must carefully weigh the impact that changes to energy law can have on businesses, consumers and the environment while advancing energy security and technological innovation.

For both producers and policy-makers, as well as industry participants and consumers, Duane Morris attorneys help manage the dynamic challenges of the energy market. Our attorneys counsel our clients on regulations, transactions, litigation, project development, facility construction, financing, government relations and policy matters concerning energy. Our attorneys draw upon legal and industry experience to find creative solutions to meet our clients' needs.

Electricity

Duane Morris attorneys advise clients on the legal and business issues surrounding electricity generation, construction, distribution, sale and consumption. Our experience includes representation of domestic and international producers, regulatory agencies, independent system operators and publicly owned utility companies. Our attorneys draw upon industry experience gained from work for governmental agencies and with private and public electricity companies.

In addition to serving clients within the United States, the firm represents international clients in complex energy projects throughout the world.

Natural Gas and LNG

Duane Morris attorneys understand the challenges of producing, transporting and providing natural gas to businesses and consumers in the United States and around the world. Duane Morris provides strategic legal and business counsel to the entire spectrum of participants in the natural gas and LNG business cycle.

We assist clients with exploration and production, project development, finance, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory counsel, transactional and litigation services for complex natural gas and LNG projects.

Oil

Duane Morris has long served clients in the oil industry, addressing their legal problems. Our attorneys draw upon a combination of legal and industry experience to represent clients in regulatory proceedings before state and federal agencies and international forums. With the resources of a full-service firm, our Energy Practice can help clients in a variety of corporate acquisitions, including the purchase and sale of producing properties, pipelines and other significant assets, as well as due diligence, bids and related financing issues. Throughout the entire business cycle, Duane Morris attorneys have extensive experience in assisting clients with matters concerning oil exploration, facility construction, distribution, refining, import/export, financing and related transactions.

Nuclear

Duane Morris lawyers' experience in the nuclear arena ranges from the boardroom to the control room, from the nuclear island to the turbine floor. Our lawyers advise clients on all aspects of the legal and business issues surrounding the construction of electricity generation facilities, and the regulation of distribution, sale and consumption. Our experience includes work for producers, regulatory agencies, independent system operators and publicly owned utility companies. We represent electric utilities and their operating subsidiaries in regulatory proceedings before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Courts of Appeal.

Our firm has a strong technological foundation, boasting dozens of attorneys with engineering degrees, including experienced nuclear engineers, and others who have worked directly in nuclear plants in technical, supervisory and managerial roles.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Worldwide demand for energy continues to increase dramatically, even as traditional sources of energy are diminishing. Concurrently, global, national and state level concerns with climate change have raised the level of interest in reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. To meet these emerging challenges, governments, businesses and consumers are joining the movement to develop energy from renewable sources and to conserve energy where possible. Technological advances, legislative requirements and incentives, and consumer demand have made renewable energy development possible, but innovative legal thinking is needed to make sustainable or renewable energy a reality.

Duane Morris attorneys are deeply involved in and committed to the renewable energy and conservation markets. From emerging businesses with innovative energy solutions to traditional energy companies seeking to develop new green and renewable energy sources, and from national and international government agencies to entrepreneurial individuals, Duane Morris serves a diverse constituency in the global energy economy.

Energy Facility Construction

The financing, planning and construction of any major infrastructure project is always highly scrutinized, multistaged and multifaceted. When a project's aim is to create a new facility to generate power, the scrutiny, complexity and potential for challenges increase exponentially.

Whether in the early planning stages of a new energy plant or overseeing the construction of a facility that is beginning to take shape, having informed, savvy and experienced legal counsel is vital.

Duane Morris lawyers understand that undertaking projects of this magnitude requires big picture thinking partnered with dexterous handling and execution of finely-drawn details. In working with clients regarding issues involving nuclear power, oil, gas, coal, biomass, wind or water, our lawyers bring skills from a broad range of disciplines to advise our clients throughout the many stages of energy facility construction projects.

Environment

When industry or government leaders need advice on environmental matters, Duane Morris attorneys are often the advisors and advocates called upon. Members of our practice group frequently counsel clients on their regulatory compliance needs. We also assist federal and state regulators and agencies in the formation and implementation of regulations and policymaking.

Our group has been involved in multibillion-dollar transactions and litigated significant cases on complex regulatory issues before government agencies and state and federal courts. Duane Morris attorneys are members of, and frequently deal with, numerous agencies, committees, commissions and associations that impact our environmental clients. American Lawyer magazine ranked our environmental attorneys among the best in the country for service, quality and value in a survey conducted by the magazine of 400 corporate counsel nationwide. Partners in our group have served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law and as chair of the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.

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Natural Resources

The attorneys from Duane Morris' Natural Resources group counsel clients concerning their rights and obligations under federal environmental statutes and regulations, as well as similar state and local laws, and represent clients in related enforcement proceedings and litigation.

In particular, the Natural Resources group has assisted clients with developing endangered species mitigation banks, obtaining permitting associated with wetlands protection, creating habitat conservation plans and related plans for endangered species, and negotiating mining and timber leases.

Our attorneys, with the capabilities and reach of a full-service law firm, help clients resolve complex water and natural resource legal problems at the local, national and international levels.

Water

One of society's oldest problems is managing water. Today, the challenge of water is not only supply, but also state and federal legislation, emerging technologies and environmental concerns that accompany the fundamental question of water rights. The attorneys of the Duane Morris Water Practice address the intertwined interests of government, business and the community when legal issues involving water emerge.

Duane Morris Water attorneys assist clients in advisory, regulatory and litigation matters involving water, the environment and natural resources. With Duane Morris' broad capabilities as a full-service law firm, the Water Practice works closely with the lawyers in our Environmental, Natural Resources, Trial and Real Estate practices when our clients' complex legal and business issues require a multidisciplinary approach.

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